Forget that there's an NHL lockout.
Forget that many of our Senators are overseas playing hockey, while others are at home not doing much of anything.
The Senators did play last night.
We repeat, they did play.
And they lost. 6-3 to the Montreal Canadiens.
Thanks to the wonders of video games, specifically ESPN's magnificent NHL2K5, with Martin St. Louis on the cover, the Senators lined up against Les Glorieux, as originally scheduled.
Dominik Hasek, in his debut as Senators goalie, allowed five first-period goals, but stayed in the game. He faced 31 shots, while Montreal's Jose Theodore faced 34 shots.
The game's first star Alexei Kovalev, signed to a new contract for the game, led the Habs with two goals and two assists. Second-star Saku Koivu had four assists.
Third-star Richard Zednik had two goals, while Mike Ribeiro and Jason Ward had a goal each.
Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa and Curtis Leschyshyn -- just signed for this game's purposes -- scored for the Senators.
Since we have little better to do, we'll keep playing out the Senators season. Watch Sunday's Sun for details of the Senators vs. Toronto.
1st Star Alexei Kovalev